Your skin is the largest organ of your body so it is important to pay attention to it and care for it. If you are a health conscious individual, you will no doubt be aware of the food you put into your body. It is important to have the very same attitude with skincare products because your skin absorbs more than half of the products you put on it.
Natural products are a lot kinder to your skin and work just as effectively as chemically-based products. Many of the ingredients used in modern organic skincare products are derived from tried and tested ancient remedies that are known for their amazing benefits to the skin. Natural skincare products are also kinder to the environment. There is no risk of harmful emissions and damaging manufacturing processes. And, natural and organic skincare products can actually be very cost effective when compared to chemical-based alternatives because the quality of the ingredients means that you can use less. This means your products last longer over time.
Firstly, it's important to clarify the terms "natural" and "organic" because they are not interchangeable. Natural products are simply products that are derived from natural sources and have nothing synthetic added to it. For a product to be certified organic, it has to be made up of 95 percent or more plant sourced, organic ingredients. These ingredients are grown without pesticides, are not bioengineered, and fertilisers are not petroleum based. This makes organically produced products much kinder on the environment. Natural and organic products are safe and have not shown any adverse side effects.Unlike natural and organic products, chemically-based products are loaded with harsh toxins. But, in spite of some of the chemical and synthetic ingredients that make these products effective, there is an increase in the probability of developing skin allergies, irritations, and other side effects. When used continuously, chemical products also put you at a greater risk of premature ageing, and can cause acne and other skin impurities.
Natural skincare products are made from ingredients like natural oils, plant and fruit extracts, and fruit acids. Most natural ingredients are rich in antioxidants, which actually slows down the ageing process, giving you a younger, more vibrant looking skin. You may also find that switching to organic and natural products will simplify your beauty routine because you need less products and are not fighting against the harmful side effects of chemicals.
When it comes to preservatives, check the product's label to make sure it doesn't contain any parabens. Very small amounts of other preservatives are fine. Also, if you want your products to have a moisturising effect, check that the product is "sulfate-free".
The natural beauty industry is rising in popularity and customers are becoming savvier and more knowledgeable about ingredients. While many brands have already started adding the "free from" label to their products and promise recycled packaging, 2018 is likely to be the year where we see even more of a trend towards the natural.
Brands are expected to cultivate natural ingredients in their laboratories in order to create formulas without causing damage to the environment. We can also expect more subtly-scented, gender-neutral offerings that use minimalist packaging. Perhaps the most exciting is that we can expect a rise in popularity of smaller niche brands. These brands are a lot more focused on natural health and well-being and have strong identities and social media presence. Look out for these emerging brands in 2018.
The Natural Living Spa and Wellness Centre is a day spa in Polokwane that supports the use of natural products. Many of our body treatments use wraps and masks we have created ourselves using only the finest natural products. We have a wide variety of spa treatments and spa day packages that not only use natural products, but also leave you and your skin feeling fresh and invigorated.
We are committed to providing natural health solutions, because taking care of your skin is our main priority. If caring for your skin is important to you and you'd like to try a more natural approach, why not book one of our facials, aromatherapy massage treatments, or body treatments. Give yourself the natural treatment you deserve – our expert staff are waiting to pamper you... naturally.